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SANDY HOOK SHORE "Horseshoe Cove" - Sandy Hook NJ

SANDY HOOK SHORE "Horseshoe Cove" is a shore accessible salt water dive site, located at Bayside, just below Fort Hancock, Sandy Hook, NJ. This dive site has an average rating of 3.00 out of 5 from 1 scuba divers. The maximum depth is 21-25ft/6-8m. The average visibility is under 5ft/2m.

New Jersey: Top 50 Dive Site Top 50 Dive Site (NJ)

Lat/Long 40-26.902 / 73-59.839


Charts 12326

Depth 20-25

from Shore

Websites National Park Service

  • Route 36 to Highlands, NJ, cross bridge
  • Follow signs to Sandy Hook park entrance (Fee Memorial Day to Labor Day)
  • Follow signs to second Horseshoe Cove parking lot

The inner bayside area is constantly changing, but the far beach affords easy access. In the fall, this is a fine place to observe horseshoe crabs swarming and spawning. Great beach for kids.

If you see white caps in the bay there is probably no viz, go find another dive site :(

  • All divers must check-in with the Rangers before and after the dive.
  • A C-card and emergency telephone number are required.
  • Unlike the ocean side, diving is permitted year-round on the bay side.
  • Don’t forget your buddy, dive-flag and float.

"You never know what will turn up here ... artifacts to look for are old bottles and plates ... keep in mind that any artifacts found in Sandy Hook are the property of the federal government ... In high tide, the depth of the middle of the cove reaches 15 feet ... current can be very swift when the tide is incoming or outgoing ... (C)

"For artifact hunters, Horseshoe Cove has always been a productive dive-site. To date, I have found medicine bottles, glass trays, ceramic light-receptacles, a brass padlock, and period fishing lures and lead sinkers, along with soda bottles from local companies that have since gone out of business. Large chunks of bunker coal can be seen littering the bottom as well."
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